Triumph Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Triumph Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Triumph product line includes three dry dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Triumph Lamb Meal and Rice
  • Triumph Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal
  • Triumph Beef, Barley and Carrot (3.5 stars)

Triumph Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Triumph Chicken Meal, Rice and Oatmeal

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 23% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 55%

Ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, whole ground rice, whole ground barley, oatmeal, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), menhaden fish meal, peas, natural chicken flavor, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), potatoes, flaxseed meal, alfalfa meal, carrots, sweet potatoes, canola oil, salt, blueberries, cranberries, barley grass, dried parsley, dried kelp, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, l-lysine, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried chicory root, beta carotene, vitamins: choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, niacin, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, minerals: zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, brewers dried yeast, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobaccillus casei fermentation product dehydrated, Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product dehydrated, Enterococcus faecium fermentation product dehydrated

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis21%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis23%13%55%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%29%50%
Protein = 21% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 50%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The sixth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The ninth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, we find tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Next, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, we note the use of alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

We also note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Triumph Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Triumph Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 23%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 55%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 24% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 56% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed and alfalfa meals, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Triumph is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Triumph Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

02/09/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Deborah Smith

    Does anyone have am opinion on Triumph Simply Six Limited Ingredient Lamb Meal, Brown Rice & Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food, I can’t find a review on it.

  • Cheryl Forkel

    Would truly appreciate a review on this brand’s canned stews! Thank you!

  • MaineSusan

    yes… just seeing my feed store adv Triumph Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato or Salmon & Sweet Potato

  • Al Aitken

    I’m told by a breeder that Triumph now makes a “Grain Free” dog food. Please rate this new Triumph dog food for us.

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  • melissa

    Mary-

    I am sure there could be another pet store called Benson’s-but if you are in upstate NY, its the same Benson’s that I shop at(or one of them). I can not imagine them knowingly selling rancid food. While its possible that any one can get a bad bag, all you would have to do is return it for an exchange-

    They also seem to get very “long dated” products for most of their foods as well. The separate “price tag” they place on the product(with no actual price) is the date it arrived to them so you have an idea of how long they have had it.

  • Bob K

    Mary – Are you sure about the rancid bags or did they just run out of stock? Did you call the Mfg. of Triumph? Very few petshops carry Triumph. Was the bag rancid at the petshop or from the Mfg? What is the date on the bag of dogfood? How did you expect Triumph to contact you if you bought the food at your local petshop to tell you not to use the food?

  • Mary

    I have been feeding my dogs Triumph for about a year, when I went to buy a new bag at my pet store, Benson’s, I was told that it was out of stock due to a problem with the bags being rancid! I realized then that my dogs had not been eating much and begging for food. I was suprised that I had not been informed about this problem. I was advised to buy Dimond. OK, so today I went to buy more food and Triumph was on the shelf! I asked a manager why they would sell food that was rancid and she said it was the owners decision. First, I’m shocked that there is no control on rancid food. Second, I’m shocked that anyone is selling it. And third, what about my dogs? Does eating rancid food hurt them, one dog has had infected growths and needed antibiotics and lancing.

  • Amy

    Warning: I’ve been feeding Triumph for a long time to multiple dogs and puppies. When the bag is fresh, it’s probably the best value (good quality, unbeatable price). However, SO many times I have brought a bag home only to find it rancid. Triumph says it is because the pet store doesn’t have enough turn-over of the product, but sometimes the bad is only 4 months old! I got sick of half the bags being bad… AND the smell and texture not being consistant from bag to bag. I love the price, but it’s not worth having to exchange bag after bag.

  • Michelle

    Nikki, that Perdue University study on bloat, that you cited is totally flawed. Take a look at what the Great Dane lady says about bloat. She makes a lot more sense….. http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/bloat_and_torsion_is_nutrition_a_factor.htm

  • Nikki

    @ShamelessRawFoodie: Ha… Wow. I totally didn’t read that thoroughly enough. Teach me to cite something and just skim it… With egg on my face, I humbly apologize!

    Excuse me while I go hide in a corner for a while…

  • melissa

    Nikki-

    I don’t think anyone knows what actually causes bloat at this time. There have been many theories, and food has been “named” at least as a contributing factor, as well as genetics, physical build of the dog and excercise. Since there is no definitive cause(s) I have all my large breed females “tacted” (gastroplexy) when they are spayed since they are already in the stomach cavity. I have not done the male since it would have been a more invasive procedure, but so far, so good.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Wow Nikki – You write ” It [bloat] doesn’t have anything to do with their diet.” But the link you provided, http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm, titled Bloat in Dogs, includes several ’causes’ of bloat that are related to diet, and numerous ‘prevention’ suggestions related to diet, as follows:

    CAUSES:
    Eating dry foods that contain citric acid as a preservative (the risk is even worse if the owner moistens the food)
    Eating dry foods that contain fat among the first four ingredients
    Insufficient pancreatic enzymes, such as Trypsin (a pancreatic enzyme present in meat)
    Eating gas-producing foods (especially soybean products, brewer’s yeast, and alfalfa)

    PREVENTION:
    Do not feed dry food exclusively
    Feed a high-protein (>30%) diet, particularly of raw meat
    If feeding dry food, avoid foods that contain fat as one of the first four ingredients
    If feeding dry foods, avoid foods that contain citric acid
    If you must use a dry food containing citric acid, do not pre-moisten the food
    If feeding dry food, select one that includes rendered meat meal with bone product among the first four ingredients
    Reduce carbohydrates as much as possible
    Feed a high-quality diet
    Whole, unprocessed foods are especially beneficial
    Feed adequate amount of fiber (for commercial dog food, at least 3.00% crude fiber)
    Add an enzyme product to food (e.g., Prozyme)
    Include herbs specially mixed for pets that reduce gas
    Avoid brewer’s yeast, alfalfa, and soybean products
    Promote an acidic environment in the intestine
    Promote “friendly” bacteria in the intestine, e.g. from “probiotics”
    Above is copied from website link provided by Nikki, http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm
    > > This is not my information or opinion. < <

  • Nikki

    @steve: From my understanding, bloat is caused when dogs (especially large, barrel-chested ones like Mastiffs) have too much air in their stomach and it twists, usually because of eating too quickly or exercising too soon after eating. It doesn’t have anything to do with their diet.

    [Source: personal experience, but also: http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm)

  • steve oifer

    I lost both of my male Mastiffs to bloat while they were on dry Triumph kibble 30+ years ago. I don’t know if the formula has changed, but I would think twice before using any kibble at present in large breeds prone to bloating.

  • melissa

    Wescott-

    I found the best thing to do it, make a list of the foods you are interested in and take it to the store with you. This way, you can compare pricing, bag size and “star rating” at the same time. Prices can vary hugely between locations, states etc, so its difficult to even check the pricing on line.

    In my part of NY(upstate) foods that are in the price range of Triumph ($29-37 per bag)would be Chicken Soup, Diamond Naturals, Pro Pac, Healthwise, 4health, Premium edge and Canidae is at the higher end of this grouping at $36.99 for 35lbs. The Pro Pac is a 44# bag, the rest are around 35lbs. One you find foods that may work for you, check the company websites to see if they have frequent buyer programs. Often, there is a buy 10 or 12 get one free, and that reduces the overall cost per bag. Also check kcals per cup and feeding requirements.

    I know its often hard to comprehend( I know until I sat and ran the numbers I was baffled) but owning multiple dogs it was important. If a 35lb bag of one food is say $35 and another is $29, it would seem the $35 is more expensive-however, if brand 1 I only need to feed my dobes 3 cups and brand 2 I need to feed 5 cups, the more expensive food is the way to go-you use less per month and therefore cheaper in the long run.

    Right now I am feeding the Pro Pac mini chunk and my active 65-75lb dogs eat 4 cups each per day(at 535 kcals per cup) I am going to try them on Canidae-even though its lower kcals per cup, the feeding recc for a 75lb dog is 3 cups(with activity) To extrapolate-If canidae works for them, I am ‘saving” 3 cups of food per day x 30 days =90 cups LESS of dog food fed per month just for these three. The average 35lb bag has 140cups(at 4 oz food per 8oz cup)-which would mean that every 2 mths, I am “saving” a little over 1 bag of food : ) So while I am spending $6 more a month, I am feeding 6 bags less per year!

  • Bob K

    Wescott – For rough price estimates this may help. https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AmNw5KB82-n_dGtyOEpVVXhPQ2tfeU1FUGdEdjVnTkE&hl=en#gid=0

    Also Menards, Farm and Fleet and Tractor Supply (TSC) often have sales that provides a better price.

  • Hi Westcott… Unfortunately, due to the continuously changing prices of the more than 2,500 dog foods on our website, it would be impossible for me to maintain accurate retail information. However, in the very near future, we’ll be adding a special “Where to Buy” directory of dog food retailers. So, you’ll soon be able to find a retailer that sells the foods you’re looking for. And you’ll be able to search by either brand or by zip and postal code. You can also contact local and online retailers for the pricing information you need.

  • Mike P

    Prices can easily be found on the internet . You can go to the dog food company’s web site and click on the “where to buy ” link . Simply call the store to find the price . Hope this helps

  • westcott

    First, thank you for providing some great information. The ingredient splitting really opened my eyes, as well as, the breakdown of the ingredients and the pros and cons of each. I went from Eukenuba, to Triumph, and now I am looking for something better at the same cost. Any recommendations? An ability to sort or search by price would be awesome. A comparison of Quality vs. Price would be even better between the 5 grades you have listed. Thanks again for your help.

  • Hi James… Look in our library for an article about Low Protein Dog Foods. Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized reviews and product recommendations for each reader. For more information, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • James E. Brown

    Seeking a low protein dogfood for my six (6) year old Maltese who is having kidney issues.I am located in Santa Rosa california.

  • Hi Gloria… Unfortunately, with thousands of dog food products in North America alone, we don’t currently track the retail locations and availability of the products we review. However, I’ve heard that Costco is selling this product online only. You may want to visit their website.

    By the way, very soon (December 2010?) we’ll be making available our free Dog Food Locator Directory to permit readers to search for dog food brands and stores by their own zip or postal codes. So, be sure to stay tuned.

    Hope this helps.

  • gloria funderburk

    I raised a Great Dane and a Doberman pup on Triumph Kibble
    more than 30 years ago. I also gave my pups the Golden Bars
    as treats. I live in the flatbursh area of Brooklyn (11210) . I need to know where I can purchase these 2 dry products. I know its not the best food but, the stools were firm and not smelly also both dogs were massive at maturity with good coats and very little plaque on their theeth. Any info would be helpful.